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The "Does It Work" Challenge: Cleaning Floors with Wax Paper

The "Does It Work" Challenge: Cleaning Floors with Wax Paper
 
We're halfway through cleaning and organization month at Curbly and all week we've been putting housekeeping tips and tricks to the test. Cleaning windows with newspaper and coffee filtersPolishing silver with baking sodaUsing wax paper instead of Swiffer cloths. And today I'm subbing Swiffer cloths with wax paper. It's cheaper, for sure, but does it work? Read on to find out...   
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This one really excited me. Probably because I have 1900 square feet of hardwood floors to clean and (TMI) I shed a LOT.
 
I pulled out a length of wax paper long enough to fit in my sweeper and took it for a spin in my front hall.
 
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It did a decent job of corralling the lint and hair, but it sounded like it was scratching my floors. I didn't see any evidence of that, though. And when I flipped the Swiffer over?
 
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Nada. Zero. Zilch. Could have stuck this in a tin of cookies. (Not recommended.)
 
So, for kicks I put a Swiffer cloth on and whirled it around the exact same area.
 
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Now that's what I'm talking about.
 
So, wax paper. Does it work?
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Let's just say, I will not be cutting my Swiffer budget anytime soon. 
 
Tomorrow is the last day of "Does It Work?" Challenge. Come back to see me attempt to clean my dishwasher with Kool-Aid. Will it work?

Pssst... if you have anything you'd like me to try for future editions of the "Does It Work?" Challenge, please leave me a comment!

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MollyMC on Apr 01, 2012:

Sam, it would be! But these experiments were not sponsored and the results are my own.


Sam on Apr 01, 2012:

what a creative way to do product palcement on a blog ;)


justval on Mar 20, 2012:

Fleece is what is needed to clean wooden floors. Pick up a couple fleece jackets from your local thrift store. Cut them apart and cut into pieces the same size as the  Swifter sweeper cloths, pop those bad boys on and clean away. When finished, just throw them in washing machine. They are wonderful !


KAtz on Mar 19, 2012:

Okay peeps what about washing your wood laminate floors to bring the shine and no streaks? I have been using vinegar water and a bit of essential oils. Any sugestions??


Katz


Mammie on Mar 19, 2012:

To cut my swiffer budget I bought a pack of super cheap washcloths and use those instead. Then they go into the washing machine and they're ready for next time.


Tara on Mar 19, 2012:

I use baking soda and vinegar to clean virtually everything in my house. Shower doors sparkle and the amount of soap scum that the commercial cleaner DIDN'T take off is frightening! And I am a OCD scrubber! I was truly grossed out the first time I used it and saw how much was being left behind with other cleaners...


DesigningMom on Mar 19, 2012:


Count me in with those that used microfiber clothes. Only I had a Clorox for wet mopping. I find it much easier to just use my vacuum cleaner or my Mom's old manual Bissell sweeper for dry dusting our hardwoods though.


And no I don't work for Bissell or any subsidiary. I just happen to have used their products since I was a little girl. And I'm old. LOL I've been around since the mid fifties which makes me in my mid fifties. I still use the (approximately 45 year old) Bissell manual sweeper (They still make these awesome babies. They range in price from $13 to $30) of my Mom's and have a new cyclonic full size electric vacuum of theirs that rivals the dyson I had which cost well over three times the price.



Ann Cognito on Mar 16, 2012:

(*that should have said "swiffer go-to's")


Ann Cognito on Mar 16, 2012:

Handy Wipes (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Handi-Wipes-Extra-Large-Reusable-Cloths-6-ct/12442829)  and old T shirts are my swiffer go-You can also dmpen them with water, spray them with your cleaner of choice, or leave them dry.


Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012:

You may not be able to use wax paper to clean your floors, but you can always replace your floor swiffer cloths with a washable microfiber cloth and achieve the same results without the chemicals.  When you're done, just toss it in with the wash - remember not to use fabric softener as it can ruin the microfibers!


lynneamueller on Mar 16, 2012:

You can use a paper towel though! :)


Tan on Mar 16, 2012:

Well that's disappointing. I was so looking forward to a cost effective alternative!


taylor on Mar 16, 2012:

On a side note, if you happen to need a stain remover, Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide is amazing. My mom spilled a glass of red wine on a white oriental rug we had just gotten back from the cleaners and you'd never know the spill ever happened. 


 


sam on Mar 16, 2012:

I'm afraid the Tang wouldn't make it to the dish washer. Sounds rather delicious.


Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012:

Absolutely right you absolutely have to get the Orange Tang to get the result. That is what we did at my parents house and we turned a brown stained dishwasher ( from hard water)  back to a sparkeling white one!


Liz on Mar 15, 2012:

@October I have tried the Dawn and Vinegar and I was very happy with the results! And even happier that I didn't feel like using my shower afterword would kill me.


October on Mar 15, 2012:

ooohhh...I am loving this section!  I would like for you to try the vinegar and dawn recipe for the soap scum remover.  I want to know if it REALLY works!


Maritza on Mar 15, 2012:

I don't use  swiffer sheets.  I bought a bunch of microfiber towels and use that.  I shake them clean and throw them in with the rest of the laundry.  I've heard of people reusing drying sheets on their swiffers - I can see that working better than wax paper but not as well as the original swiffer sheets or dustclothes.


Bridget on Mar 15, 2012:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4519165_clean-car-headlights.html?vm=r  I would love for you to try the Toothpaste method to clean foggy car headlights, with spring on it's way I'm sure we are all going to be out washing our cars.  Here's the link I found posted up above.  Give it a try and let us know did it work for you!


Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012:

Tang is what hear cleans the dishwasher best.


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